2011 Te Mata "Estate" Cabernets/Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand (Elsewhere $20)
This delicious right-bank Bordeaux style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is sourced entirely from Te Mata's own estate vineyards which are some of the finest in New Zealand. This is an incredibly quaffable medium to full bodied wine with lovely flavor concentration of crushed bramble fruits and black currants. The wine is not over ripe which allows some nice subtle notes of pencil shavings, cedar and wet stone minerality to show through on the finish. The tannins are fine but have some good grip making this a very food friendly wine especially for red meat. An exceptional value due to our Direct Import relationship with Te Mata Estate. - Ryan Woodhouse K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer. From the winery: "Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’11 has a bright crimson colour, with characters of plum, blackberry and apple compote, and an attractive cinnamon spice and bay leaf background. The classically structured palate shows sweet, ripe fruit flavours in great balance, with fine, dry tannin, leading to a supple, even finish."